Brief Interviews with Hideous Men ()

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A graduate student (Nicholson) copes with a recent breakup by conducting interviews with various men.


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Sara Quinn
Subject #14
Professor Adams / Subject #30
Subject #15
Subject #51
Subject #19
Kevin / Subject #28
Evan / Subject #28
Subject #11
Ryan / Subject #20
Subject #72
Tad / Subject #59
Subject #31
Daniel / Subject #46
Harry / Subject #20 (as Ben Gibbard)
Subject #40
R / Subject #3
A / Subject #3
Subject #2
Subject #42
Father of Subject #42
Airport Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alain Van Beaux ...
Marcus - Coffee Shop Confrontation (uncredited)
Girlfriend #2 (uncredited)
Hitchhiker (uncredited)
Julie Lamb ...
Teacher (uncredited)
Corinne Palermo ...
Student (uncredited)

Directed by

John Krasinski

Written by

John Krasinski ... (screenplay)
David Foster Wallace ... (story collection)

Produced by

Kevin Patrick Connors ... executive producer (as Kevin Connors)
Thomas Fatone ... associate producer (as Tom Fatone)
Chris Hayes ... associate producer (as Christopher Hayes)
Eva Kolodner ... producer
John Krasinski ... producer
Yael Melamede ... producer
Dori Oskowitz ... associate producer
George Paaswell ... line producer
Michael Schur ... associate producer
James Suskin ... producer

Music by

Billy Mohler
Nate Wood

Cinematography by

John Bailey ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Zene Baker
Rich Fox

Editorial Department

Jason Crump ... dailies colorist: Mega Playground
Greg D'Auria ... assistant editor
Michael Kaz ... assistant editor
Robert Leaton ... colorist: dailies
Joan Malloch ... post-production coordinator
Patrick J. Smith ... first assistant editor
Joe Violante ... dailies advisor (as Joey Violante)
Lee Wimer ... color timer
Jana Pennell ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

Kerry Barden
Suzanne Crowley
Billy Hopkins

Production Design by

Stephen Beatrice

Art Direction by

Pierre Rovira

Set Decoration by

Cristina Casanas

Costume Design by

Vicki Farrell ... (as Victoria Farrell)

Makeup Department

Joseph Farulla ... assistant makeup artist
Fabian Garcia ... hair department head
Sharon Ilson ... key makeup artist

Production Management

Danielle Blumstein ... unit production manager
Patrick D. Gibbons ... production supervisor: re-shoots (as Patrick Gibbons)
John Portnoy ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

David Blazina ... second assistant director
Anne Marie Dentici ... second assistant director: reshoots
Thomas Fatone ... first assistant director
Kevin Pazmino ... second second assistant director
Luke Tomalin Sherman ... second second assistant director: additional photography
Kim Thompson ... second second assistant director
Wendy L. York ... script supervisor: reshoots

Art Department

David Boyd ... charge scenic painter
Anna Butwell ... property master: reshoot
Travis Child ... scenic
Melissa Miller Costanzo ... art department coordinator (as Melissa B. Miller)
Taylor Drake ... Lead Man
Isaac Gabaeff ... property master
Bobbi Jo Gonzales ... assistant property master: re-shoot
Liza Handziak ... lead painter
Arlo Hoffman ... assistant property master
Gavin A. Holmes ... carpenter
Kim Korba ... scenic
James Maher ... set dresser
Richard Moran ... construction grip
Michael Powsner ... set dresser
Niquan Riley ... on-set dresser
Pierre Rovira ... construction coordinator

Sound Department

Marco Alicea ... digital transfer
Jeremy Bowker ... assistant supervising sound editor
Frank Clary ... foley editor / foley recordist
John Countryman ... digital transfer
Neil Danziger ... boom operator
Edwin Dunkley ... video services (as Ed Dunkley)
Tim Elder ... sound mixer: reshoot
Sean England ... foley artist
Will Files ... Re-recording Mixer (as William Files) / supervising sound editor (as William Files)
Ivan Fritz ... digital editorial services
Jonathan Greber ... digital transfer
Howie Hammermann ... engineering services
Pete Horner ... Re-recording Mixer
Claire Houghtalen ... boom operator: reshoot
David Hunter ... digital editorial services
Michael Kirchberger ... dialogue editor
Mike Lane ... client services
Scott R. Lewis ... recordist
Charlotte Moore ... post production sound accountant
Steve Morris ... engineering services
Gordon Ng ... client services
Eva Porter ... client services
Jeff Pullman ... sound mixer
Richard Quinn ... dialogue editor
Frank Rinella ... foley mixer
Adam Sanchez ... additional sound mixer
Tony Sereno ... mix technician
Dennie Thorpe ... foley artist
John Torrijos ... video services (as John 'J.T.' Torrijos)
Jeremy Bowker ... supervising sound assistant (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Chelsea Manifold ... prosthetics
Paul J. Mason ... prosthetics
Carl Paolino ... prosthetics

Camera and Electrical Department

Hilary Benas ... camera loader
Manuel Billeter ... camera operator: "a" camera
Alan Blagg ... key rigging grip
Stephen Consentino ... steadicam operator
Angelo Di Giacomo ... first assistant camera
Micah Eisenmann ... electrician
Michael Fuchs ... camera production assistant
Anthony Gamiello ... key grip: reshoot
Daniel Giddings ... grip
Jamison Grella ... additional electric
Andrew B. Hansen ... best boy electric
Josh Ingalls ... best boy grip
Mark T. Karinja ... lighting technician
Michael Kirsch ... additional grip (as Mike Kirsch)
Larry Lewinn ... company electric
Paul C. McKenna ... crane technician: Technocrane
Adam Miller ... first assistant camera: second camera / second assistant camera
William Newell ... gaffer
Paul Niccolls ... grip
Jeff Panessa ... grip
Timothy Reilly ... additional rigging grip
Jeremy Rodriguez ... grip
Liz Sales ... second assistant camera: second camera
Steve Siddell ... additional electric
David Stern ... key grip
Paul Swan ... company grip
Christopher Vidaic ... grip
Ryan Webb ... generator operator
JoJo Whilden ... still photographer

Casting Department

Sylvia Fay ... extras casting
Lee Genick ... extras casting
Jessica Kelly ... casting assistant
Paul Schnee ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Sonja Cizmazia ... wardrobe supervisor
Jackie Freeman ... additional costumer
Michael Kale ... costume intern
Carol McLennan ... assistant costumer
Angela E. Thomas ... assistant costume designer (as Angie Thomas)

Location Management

Nate Braeuer ... assistant location manager
Ryan Smith ... location manager
Marisa Vrooman ... assistant location manager

Music Department

Doug Bernheim ... music consultant
Linda Cohen ... music supervisor
Greg Koller ... recording engineer
Colleen Stewart ... music coordinator
Alice Wood ... music editor

Script and Continuity Department

Rebecca Breckel ... script supervisor
Jacqueline Brogan ... script consultant

Other crew

Ted Beck ... set production assistant
Anthony Blanco ... production assistant: first team
Nicole Bukowski ... accounting clerk
Jeff Chena ... stand-in
Alison Davis ... assistant production coordinator
Patricia de Paula ... production coordinator
Anne Marie Dentici ... set production assistant
Jen Dougherty ... assistant to producer
Lee Ettinger ... sales and distribution head
Dan Gloeckner ... key set production assistant
Brett Jutkiewicz ... set production assistant
Rachel Konstantin ... stand-in
Mike Lane ... client services
Jack McDonnell Long ... production assistant
Jenny Lovin ... production assistant
Sam Mank ... production assistant
Katie Martin ... production intern
Paul Myers ... assistant accountant
Kevin Pazmino ... production assistant
John Portnoy ... titles
Adam Rettek ... production intern
Joe Robinson ... assistant coordinator
Joe Robinson ... assistant production coordinator
Eddie Serrano ... set production assistant
Joseph Sousa ... production assistant
Michael Stewart ... additional production assistant
Amy L. Weishaar ... background production assistant: re-shoots
Kathy Welch ... post production accountant
Michael Wiggins ... production accountant
Huma Khan ... legal post production (uncredited)


Ashley Arrison ... the producers wish to thank
Jon Brion ... the producers wish to thank
Christopher Ciancimino ... the producers wish to thank (as Chris Ciancimino)
Micah Green ... the producers wish to thank
Charles Herzfeld ... the producers wish to thank: Technicolor
Glenn Kiser ... the producers wish to thank: Skywalker Sound
John Carroll Lynch ... the producers wish to thank
Tom McCarthy ... the producers wish to thank (as Thomas McCarthy)
Sam Mendes ... the producers wish to thank
Mark Merriman ... the producers wish to thank
Jason Reitman ... the producers wish to thank
Mike Sablone ... special thanks
David Schwimmer ... the producers wish to thank
Adam Shulman ... the producers wish to thank

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Plot Summary
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Also Known As
  • Breves entrevistas con hombres repulsivos (Spain)
  • Syntomes synentefxeis me apokroustikous antres (Greece)
  • Breves Diálogos com Homens Horríveis (Portugal)
  • Короткие интервью с подонками (Russia)
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  • 80 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $18,510, 27 Sep 2009

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Trivia Directorial debut of John Krasinski. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #24.4 (2009). See more »
Quotes Ryan: I'm aware of how all this sounds and can well imagine the judgments you're forming, but if I'm really to explain this to you then I have no choice but to be... candid.
Ryan: Yes, it was a pickup. Plain and simple. And she was what one might call a granola cruncher. A hippy. And she was straight out of Central casting: the sandals, flamboyantly long hair, financial support from parents she reviled, and some professed membership in an apostrophe-heavy Eastern religion that I defy anyone to pronounce correctly. Look, I'll just bite the political bullet and confess that I classified her as a strictly one-night objective. And that my interest in her was due almost entirely to the fact that yes, she was pretty. She was sexually attractive. She was sexy. And it was really nothing more complicated or noble than that. And having had some prior dealings with the cruncher genus, I think the one-night proviso was due to the grim unimaginability of having to talk with her for more than one night. Whether or not you approve, I think we can assume you understand. And there's something-I mean, near contempt in the way that you can casually saunter over to her blanket and create the sense of connection that will allow you to pick her up. And you almost resent the fact that it's so goddamn easy. I mean, how exploited you feel that it is so easy to get this type to regard you as a kindred soul. You almost know what's going to be said before she even opens her mouth.
Ryan: Okay, so now there we are in my apartment, and she begins going on about her religious views. Her obscure denomination's views on energy fields and connections between souls via what she kept calling "focus." And in response to some sort of prompt or association, she begins to relate this anecdote. And in the anecdote, there she is: hitchhiking. Well she said she knew she made a mistake the moment she got in the car. Her explanation was that she didn't actually feel any energy field until she shut the car door and they were moving... at which point it was too late. And she wasn't melodramatic about it, but she described herself as literally paralyzed with terror. It was something about his eyes. She said she knew instantly in the depths of her soul that this man's intentions were to brutally rape, torture, and kill her. And that by the time the psychotic had exited into a secluded area and actually said what his true intentions were, she wasn't the least bit surprised because she knew that she was going to be just another grisly discovery for some amateur botanist or scout troupe a few days later-unless she could focus her way into a soul connection that would prevent this man from murdering her. I mean to focus intently on this psychotic as an ensouled and beautiful-albeit tormented-person in his own right, rather than merely as a threat to her. And I'm well aware that what she is about to describe is nothing more than a variant of the stale, old love-will-conquer-all... but for the moment, just bracket your contempt and try to see what she actually has the courage and conviction to really attempt here. Because imagine what it must have felt like for her. For anyone. Contemplate just how little-kid-level scared you would be and that this psychotic could bring you to this point simply by wishing it. And now here she is in the car, and she's realizing that she's in for the biggest struggle of her spiritual life. She stares directly into the psychopath's right eye and wills herself to keep her gaze on him directly at all times. And the effects of her focus... she says that when she was able to hold her focus, this psychopath behind the wheel would gradually stop ranting and become tensely silent. And she wills herself not to weep or plead, but merely to use focus as an opportunity to empathize. And this was my first hint of sadness in listening to the anecdote as I found myself admiring certain qualities in her story that were the same qualities I had been contemptuous of when I first picked her up in the park! And then he asked her to get out of the car and lie prone on the ground. And she doesn't hesitate or beg. She was experiencing a whole new depth of focus so that she could hear the tick of the cooling car, bees, birds. Imagine the temptation to despair in the sound of carefree birds only yards from where you lay breathing in the weeds. And in this heightened state, she said she could feel the psychotic realizing the truth of the situation at the same time she did. And when he came over to her and turned her over, he was crying. And she claimed it took no effort of will to hold him as he wept... as he raped her. She just stared into his eyes lovingly the entire time. She stayed where he left her all day in the gravel, weeping, and giving thanks to her religious principles. She wept out of gratitude she says. Well I don't mind telling you, I had begun to cry at this story's climax. Not loudly, but I did. She had learned more about love that day with the sex offender than any other stage of her spiritual journey. And I realized in that moment that I had never loved anyone before. She had addressed the psychotic's core weakness. The terror of a soul-exposing connection with another human being. Nor is any of this all that different than a man sizing up an attractive girl at a concert and pushing all the right buttons to induce her to come home with him. And lighting her cigarettes and engaging in an hour of post-coital chitchat. Seemingly very intent and close. But what he really wants to do is give her a special disconnected telephone number and never contact her again. And that the reason for this cold and victimizing behavior is that the very connection he had worked so hard to make her feel terrifies him.
Ryan: Do you see how open I'm being with you here? Well I know I'm not telling you anything you haven't already decided you know. I can see you forming judgments with that chilly smile. You're not the only one who can read people you know. And you know what? It's because of her influence that I am more sad for you than pissed off. Because the impact of this story was profound and I'm not even going to begin to describe it to you. Can you imagine how any of this felt? To look at her sandals across the room on the floor and remember what I had thought of them only hours before. And I'd say her name and she'd say "What?" and I'd say her name again. Well I'm not embarrassed-I don't care how this sounds to you now. I mean, can you see how I could not just let her go after this? I just-I grabbed onto her skirt and I begged her not to leave. And then I watched her gently close the door and walk off barefoot down the hall. And never seeing her again. But it didn't matter that she was fluffy or not terribly bright! Nothing else mattered! She had all of my attention-I had fallen in love with her! I believed that she could save me. Well I'm aware of how all this sounds, I can see that look on your face. I know you. And I know what you're thinking. So ask it. Ask it now, this is your chance. "I believed she could save me" I said. Ask it now. Say something! I stand here naked before you. Judge me, you bitch. You happy now? You all worn out? Well be happy because I don't care. I knew she could and I knew I loved. End of story.
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